2/19/2013

My Review Of Ring Around The Rosy & Guest Post By Jackie Fullerton

Overview:

Law student and amateur sleuth Anne Marshall and her attorney fiance Jason Perry leave their Midwestern town for a Florida vacation at the home of Jason’s parents. When they land in Florida, they find that Jason’s father has discovered the murdered body of his wife’s best friend, Maude. The only clue left behind is a note pinned to her that is the second verse of the nursery rhyme Ring Around the Rosy.

Unable to pass up the opportunity to investigate a juicy murder, Anne soon discovers that Maude’s brother was killed in a hit-andrun accident several months before. The first verse of Ring Around the Rosy was pinned to his chest. Anne thinks the perp is a serial killer who will

strike again. When Maude’s son, Ron, is brutally attacked and left for dead, Anne knows his work is just beginning.

Racing against the clock, Anne soon finds herself in a serial
killer’s crosshairs while battling an untimely attraction to homicide
detective Don Reynolds.
 

Ring Around the Rosy takes you on an adventure from present to
past and back again as Anne and her crime-solving partners shift
in to high gear to stop a killer before he strikes again! 



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My Take On This Book:

In Ring Around The Rosy By Jackie Fullerton, Anne and her fiancé Jason are going to his parent’s home for a vacation in Florida. When they arrive, Jason’s dad has discovered his wife’s best friend has been murdered. Off goes Anne being the amateur sleuth that she is she jumps at the chance to investigate a murder.

Ring Around The Rosy is full of suspense, mystery and a love story combined altogether in a very cozy beside the fire novel that I have read in a very long time. I really enjoyed meeting Anne, Jason, Don and her father whom by the way is a ghost. This book was fun and full of entertainment, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a great who done it cozy mystery.

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Guest Post By Jackie:




Drawing from Personal Experiences in Character Development

I think the most fertile ground to use when creating stories and developing characters is your own personal experiences. That is what you know and understand.

I am an attorney who attended law school at night. So, of course, my protagonist, Anne Marshall, works in the courthouse during the day and attends law school at night. I lived the law classroom first hand, and felt the dread of facing Socratic law professors. In my first Tort class, when the professor called my name to recite a case, I went into brain freeze. The room spun. Even though I knew the case backward and forward, I stuttered and stammered through the case like a terrified child. The same response Anne had when called upon by Professor Spence.

During Law School, your fellow students become your family and your study group becomes your survival lifeline. Anne needed a strong support group. People she trusted and knew she could rely upon. One of my study group members was fond of saying, “A friend will give you an alibi. A good friend will help you hide the body.” My study group friends were good friends. Not that I ever needed to hide a body but Anne needed that kind of loyalty. Many of my study group members did find their way into Anne’s study group. And they have been quick to tell me which ones they are.

My class had a coroner, a homicide detective, two FBI agents, a physician, a local news reporter, a politician, and various other professionals. In additional to the vast amount of stories we exchanged, we discussed things like how to commit a perfect murder or what poisons are undetectable. (We spent way too much time together.) I knitted all of this into my stories, plus some actual cases from the courthouse—even the absurd ones. Of course, the names have been changed to protect the innocent. (My legal training was not lost.)

I am constantly calling upon my experiences in business, law and life when developing my characters. For me, the ability to identify with my characters, picture their day to day activity, and know what they will say even before they say it, comes from living it and understanding human nature. If you look around you, it is easier that you think.

Jackie Fullerton is now retired and living in Florida with her husband, Tom, and dog, Flash. Ring Around the Rosy is the third book in the Anne Marshall murder mysteries.


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Author Bio:

Jackie Fullerton is a successful businesswoman and attorney who grew up in rural Ohio.

A mother of five, Fullerton returned to college when her last child was in grade school. She graduated summa cum laude from both Franklin University, where she earned her BS degree in business, and Dayton University, where she earned her MBA. Fullerton later attended Capital Law School, where she graduated cum laude. She was admitted to the Ohio Bar in 1993, the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio, in 1995, and the Supreme Court of the United States in 1996. Although she is not in active practice, Fullerton volunteers her legal services at a local homeless shelter.

An active member of the Columbus, Ohio, community, Fullerton has served on several boards and commissions, including the Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Abuse; Franklin County ADAMH (Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health) Board; Community Shelter Board; Habitat for Humanity Board; and Court Appointed Special Advocates of Franklin County, Ohio (CASA).

Fullerton divides her time between Ohio and Florida, with her husband, Tom, and their dog, Flash.


Website: http://www.jackiefullerton.com




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